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    Forum Software

    Hi,

    It's been a while since I've checked out any forum software. What's the preferred forum software today? I'm looking for free ones. How is SMF these days? How about PHPBB?
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    I would personally go with phpBB, always been my favorite open source forum software.

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    PHPBB is good, but I got ton of spam posts from spam bots.

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    Doesn't PHPBB have any spam preventative measures?
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    Snce you're going to go with a free forum package, I'd still go with SMF. However, you need to make a checklist of what features and options you need/want, and then check them against the varous packages available to see if they do meet your particular unique needs first before doing anything.

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    There are plenty of great options around now for forum software.

    PunBB - lightweight
    Vanilla - different in format
    SMF
    MyBB
    PhpBB 3

    - as Dan said, research which features you need and then choose as they are all slightly different.
    And yes PHpBB does have anti-spam measures, but the problem with widely used open source software is that any anti-spam method has a lot of spammers working to get round and they eventually do

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    Yeah, I also like SMF, but I've not seen it for a while so I'm not sure how it is now.

    Thank you for the replies.
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    Version 1.1.4 is out right now - and the upgrade manager in the administration center will make upgrading to the latest version a breeze.

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    PHPBB is very good. It have much more functions and can be easily integrated in another softwares.


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